Ormrod, Robert P.5; Henneberg, Stephan C.4; Forward, Nick4; Miller, James4; Tymms, Leigh4
1 Department of Marketing and Statistics, Aarhus School of Business, Aarhus BSS, Aarhus University2 Marketing and Sustainability, Aarhus School of Business, Aarhus BSS, Aarhus University3 Department of Management, Aarhus BSS, Aarhus University4 unknown5 Department of Management, Aarhus BSS, Aarhus University
This study investigates the concept of political market orientation (PMO) in an untraditional setting, namely the 2005 contest for the leadership of the British Conservative Party. Based on a collective case-study method, a content analysis of candidates' speeches and manifestos is provided. We operationalize four attitudinal constructs of a conceptual PMO model and adapt them to suit the novel campaign context. Our findings show further evidence for the existance of a 'gravitational centre' effect hypothesized in earlier studies. Furthermore, we qualify the concept of PMO through a long-term focus and a contextspecific evaluation of the merits of alternative PMO profiles. Thus, the generic conceptual model of political market orientatation, which previously has only been used in the content of parties contesting a general election campaign, can be adapted to alternative campaign situations without a reduction in its explanatory power.
Journal of Public Affairs, 2007, Vol 7, Issue 3, p. 235-248